Message from the President: Anne Masters, April 2014

I hope this newsletter finds you well.

This year’s annual meeting in Orlando, FL June 23-26 will be another excellent opportunity for learning, sharing and networking. Check out all the great sessions planned. Below is list of division activities:

  • Division business meeting will be during lunch on Tuesday June 24th. You may purchase lunch within conference registration.

  • I hope this newsletter finds you well.

    This year’s annual meeting in Orlando, FL June 23-26 will be another excellent opportunity for learning, sharing and networking. Check out all the great sessions planned. Below is list of division activities:

    • Division business meeting will be during lunch on Tuesday June 24th. You may purchase lunch within conference registration.
    • Division dinner will be Wednesday evening, always a tasty, fun and worthwhile event. Reserve your spot and pay for your meal in conference registration. This year it will be at Johnnie’s Hideaway, which features USDA Prime & Choice steaks, dry aged on premises, fresh fish hand-cut daily, simply prepared with emphasis towards old Florida & floribbean cuisine. Wheelchair accessible, and about 1.3 miles from hotel.
      • $57 includes 4 course dinner, choice of 1 of 4 entrees, coffee, tea and soda, tax and gratuity. Alcohol is separate.
      • Meet in main lobby of hotel for restaurant shuttle.
      • Shuttle is provided by restaurant and leaves at 6:45.
      • Restaurant shuttle is not wheelchair accessible, please let me know if you need help with accessible transportation to restaurant.
    • Division Forum: Henri Nouwen Award will be presented with gratitude for Nella Uitvlugt and all her good work. It will be accepted by her husband Eric and her children. Following this will be a community forum featuring national initiatives such as the Summer Institute on Theology and Disability, the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion, and the Autism Society’s Faith Initiative along with leaders from inclusive ministry organizations based in the mid-Florida area.

    If you know people in the area who would be interested in the forum, please share the brochure available here. You do not have to be a member to attend the Forum and registration for it is only $30. Hope to see you there to share ideas! If you’re looking for extra touring, discounts are available for Disney, just check AAIDD website.

    THANK YOU to those of you who responded to the survey regarding current practices for spiritual assessment and/or support for spirituality and congregational participation. The responses will be included in panel presentation at the Forum and shared beyond that as well.

    Vice President nominations – Do you know of a good candidate or are you interested? Please send your interest or nomination to me by June 20 and include a brief introduction of yourself or nominee in light of the work of the division. Nominations will be presented during the business meeting, with formal election to take place via Survey Monkey after the annual meeting. The vice president serves for two years on the division steering committee and supports activities of the president. Then s/he serves two years as president leading the division, ollowed by two years as past president. The past president serves on spiritual support certification committee and coordinates the Henri Nouwen Award.

    For many of us this is a time of remembrance and celebrataion of God’s activity in our world. May it be a blessed time for you.

    God’s Peace,
    Anne Masters
    AAIDD Religion & Spirituality Division President
    masteranrcan@gmail.com
    973-639-6536

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